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What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates essentially takes a more personalized approach to treatment. Exercises are specific to your individual needs (as determined by a trained professional). This form of Pilates will adapt and change to suit your level and abilities. If injuries become aggravated through exercise, medication, or otherwise, then the program will adapt to your current physical status. The goal of Clinical Pilates is to help activate the specific muscles in your body that will bring the biggest rewards, namely fast and safe recovery and a return to full physical capacity. Rather than giving a general exercise program your Clinical Pilates trainer uses their knowledge and training to provide a tailored program which targets specific muscles. A good trainer will understand from working with you exactly what your body needs and prescribe a pilates program that gets to the core of the problem.

Pilates can be beneficial for anyone with nagging pain, chronic pain, or when recovering from an injury. What you need to keep in mind is that general pilates may not always be the most appropriate activity for certain injuries and unique personal needs. Performing exercises that are not appropriate for your injuries or physical condition may put you at further risk of injury or aggravation of the existing trauma. Physiotherapists or physical therapists with Clinical Pilates training are experts in understanding how this form of training deals with injury and healing.

Olive Keyes has an (MA) in Health Science from NUIG where she researched Health Promotion strategies for the workplace and is on the panel of Wellness Experts with Health Care Ireland and Laya Healthcare. Her unique approach to instruction means clients receive a workout that is both a physical and therapeutic which cater and provide substantial pain relief for a wide variety of challenges such as:

• Neck & Back Pain/ Pathologies
• Pre/Post Surgery
• Joint, Muscle & Postural Issues
• Sciatica
• Fibromyalgia
• Osteoporosis
• Arthritis
• Weight Loss
• Scoliosis
• Asthma
• Stroke

• Prostate Cancer
• Pre/Post Natal (e.g. c. section, Diastasis Recti)

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